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Static friction on banked curve

  1. Feb 25, 2012 #1
    If a curve with a radius of 89.0m is perfectly banked for a car traveling 71.0km/hr, what is the minimum coefficient of static friction for a car not to skid when traveling at 91.8km/hr?

    I figured out theta = 24. 03degs from the equations F(normal)*cos(theta) = mg and F(normal)*sin(theta) = m(v^2/r).

    Then to find mus, I tried: m(v^2/r) = F(normal)sin(theta) -F(static f). For F(normal) I substituted mg/cos(theta) but ultimately I got the incorrect answer. Can someone please help?
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  3. Feb 26, 2012 #2

    ehild

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    Make a drawing and show your work in detail, please. The static friction acts along the load: It contributes with its horizontal component to the centripetal force, and its vertical component has to be taken into account in the equation for the vertical force components.

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  5. Feb 26, 2012 #4

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    How did you calculate with the friction?

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  6. Feb 26, 2012 #5
    figured it out
     
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